Dear young musicians, pedagogues, parents and music lovers!

We’re glad to greet you on the website of the International Competition for Young Musicians Oskar Rieding.
The main goal of this competition is to support young musicians on their creative path.
We also want to bring them closer to the music of the renowned composer and pedagogue Oskar Rieding, who worked and composed in Celje.

We kindly welcome you!

Regulation of competition

5. International Competition for Young Musicians Oskar Rieding is open for young musicians of all nationalities. The primary goal of the competition is to support young performers on their music journey.

There is one discipline in the 2021 edition: VIOLINE

The finals will take place in a wonderful National Hal in Celje, Slovenia on 15 of June 2021 if the epidemiologic situation will be positive.

Celje – this idyllic city has also a special place in the biography of Oskar Rieding. He chose Celje for his home after he finished orchestral career in the Budapest’s opera house.

Rieding wrote several important violin pieces in Celje too. These pieces still make part of repertoires for young violinists all around the world. It was in Celje where the composer wrote also one of his most performed pieces of the violin pedagogic repertoire – violin concert in H minor op. 35.

The organizing committee of the competition wants to offer to young musicians a new creative platform which will promote the importance of composing as an integral part of the development of each young musician. In this way, we will also symbolically revive the tradition of Oskar Rieding, a pedagogue, composer and performer of his own works. Performing your own piece on the stage is a very special experience.

We are looking forward to meeting you, dear young composers & performers and hearing your music!

Music is our companion throughout our life. It’s the beginning and the end. It’s a feeling and essence of many who chose it for their way of life.


Competitions can be attended by all young violinists up to 18 years, regardless of their residence and nationality.

The competition will be divided into five categories:

1. category

up to 10 y.o.

2. category

from 11 to 12 y.o.

3. category

from 13 to 14 y.o.

4. category

from 15 to 16 y.o.

5. category

from 17 to 18 y.o.

You can see the detailed rules of the competition HERE


The application for the competition must contain a video of two musical works of a contrasting character by the candidate’s choice:

1. category: max. 8 min.
2. category: max. 12 min.
3. category: max. 15 min.
4. category: max. 18 min.
5. category: max. 20 min.

It is recommended, that one of those works is a piece by Oskar Rieding from following list:

Candidates from 1st, 2nd and 3rd category can choose one among these pieces for violin and piano:


the first movement or the second and third movements of the following concerts or concertinos:


  • The music scores for all pieces are available at IMSLP Petrucci Music Library at:

Candidates of the 4th and 5th categories can choose one of the following concert miniatures of O. Rieding for violin and piano, which are part of the composer’s opus generated in Celje:

  • Tendresse, Op.37

  • L’ Aveu, Op.38

  • Le Départ, Op.40

  • Désir ardent, Op.41


Jury members of the 5. International Competition for Young Musicians are:

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Janez Podlesek


President of the Jury


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Tatiana Berkul



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Kalvin Chau

(Hong Kong)


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Inga Ulokina



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Danijel Gašparović




The application deadline is until 1 June 2021.